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Commending the pride and character of Prescott’s football team has become a weekly cliché in the Cardinals’ winless season. No Prescott coach, player or fan wanted to solely praise the Cardinals (0-5) for holding their heads high at the conclusion of Week 5; rather, they hoped to celebrate the end of their losing streak as Jason Canfield’s pep band played “Illinois Loyalty” in the background.
The Spring Valley Cardinals opened their best-of-five Dunn-St. Croix Conference play with a 3-0 win over the Boyceville Bulldogs on Thursday, Sept. 13, and were once again led by middle hitter Mataya Kado. Kado recorded 12 kills on her 15 attack attempts for a .667 hitting percentage, and added three total blocks to her front-row contributions. Kado and Quinn Anderson led the Cardinals with three service aces apiece. Setter Jasmine Ortner assisted 23 of the Cardinals' 24 total kills.
The Ellsworth-Prescott rivalry returned on Thursday, Sept. 13, but despite entertaining student sections and an improved Cardinals team, the Panthers set unmatched standards for the Highway 10 rivalry early on. "The Ellsworth-Prescott rivalry is always a big deal," Ellsworth's head coach Nicole VandeBerg said. "It doesn't matter which team is better, both teams are going to play to the best of their abilities." Despite a back-and-forth Set 3 that featured four lead changes, the Panthers' abilities proved to be incomparable in their 3-0 sweep.
The Spring Valley Cardinals have fallen victim to many close matches so far this season, and despite a comeback effort, their Tuesday, Sept. 11, match was no different. The Cardinals suffered a 3-0 non-conference loss to the Somerset Spartans on Tuesday, and were defeated by no more than four points in each set. "It's just that mental toughness that we have to push through and figure out how do we close close games," Cardinals' head coach Kelli Schlegel said. "We're there all the way to the end and then we kind of mentally drop."
The heat and wind of Tuesday, Sept. 11, made for poor running conditions at Prescott's cross country meet, but was unable to hold back the Cardinals who used encouragement from their teammates to push through their challenging home course. The Prescott girls' team claimed a second-place finish at Prescott Intermediate School with a team score of 53. "It was hot and it was hard to breath towards the end, but then I saw Kira at the end I knew I had to push through it," Prescott junior Ella Linder said.
Erica Feuerhelm has consistently finished among the top golfers in the Middle Border Conference in the first six conference meets of her senior season, and most recently, she's topped the list of her peers. The Ellsworth senior claimed a first-place finish at Amery's MBC contentious meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11, by completing the 9-hole course in 43 strokes. Amery's Morgan Brotzel finished with a 44 for a close second, while New Richmond's Maggie Veenendall, Osceola's Madi Link and Somerset's Haley Myers found themselves in a three-way tie for third place.
The 19th Annual Prescott Daze Car Show gave car owners a sense of pride as spectators admired their unique models as they walked down Prescott's Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 8, while others were left daydreaming about one day upgrading their rides.
While adults took advantage of all Main Street had to offer at the 2018 Prescott Daze celebration, Prescott Lions Park near the middle school was the place for kids to be on Saturday, Sept. 8. The park offered a Fantasy Corral petting zoo, train rides, climbing walls and many more fun-filled activities for children of all ages and gave everyone a sense of Prescott pride.
Nicole VandeBerg's Ellsworth volleyball team can expect to be exposed to the film of their 2017 season-ending loss to St. Croix Central at some point in their current season. For most of the Panthers' returners, the film will just be a visual reference of the loss that's been in the back of their minds since their 3-1, regional-final loss. "I think we were disappointed," VandeBerg said of last year's loss. "Winning a regional final was our goal, we were one game shy of that."
Ellsworth girls' tennis coach Dylan Greske described his team's 2018 season as a "wet" one. The Panthers have had two matches and many practices postponed or cancelled due to the reoccuring heavy rains, which have forced them to settle for one match and one practice for the past two weeks. "It's hard to get in a rhythm," Greske said. "Our postseason is coming up quick, and we're still trying to get a feel for everything."